"An energetic and entertaining tale, deftly pointing out that a gruff manner may be overcome with persistence, and may mask real affection. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Crusty old Sam seems to be as sour as a crabapple, but the fact that he keeps a dog, Zack, a pet pig named Poppy, and— curled companionably under the porch roof of his seaside shack—a large snake, suggests at the outcome that he has another side.
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